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From the defensive line to the front line: Ex-NFL player opts f...

There are 81 comments on the El Paso Times story from Jan 12, 2009, titled From the defensive line to the front line: Ex-NFL player opts f.... In it, El Paso Times reports that:

The dream career for some people would be to play football for the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears or the Washington Redskins.

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Since: Oct 08

El Paso, TX

#1 Jan 12, 2009
What do you think?

Houston, TX

#2 Jan 12, 2009
Its good to see a student athlete who actually graduates with a credible degree and who made use of their educational opportunity. Tatum Bell from the Denver Broncos was the manager for a mall cell phone kiosk in Denver when he was released from football.

Luckily, he was picked up once again, but it does show that some of these athletes place all their eggs in this fragile basket we call professional sport dreams.

Good luck Officer Green!

United States

#3 Jan 12, 2009
This dude's The Man. Smart enough to know there's life after pro sports. Props to him.
Pardon Please

United States

#4 Jan 12, 2009
Thank You Officer Green for serving our country in law enforcement - you are correct our law enforcement officers are our heros ... unfortunately, you picked a risky place to work ... just remember - If you see a drug dealer, just let him go - For God's sake, don't try to stop him - If he pulls a gun, DON'T shoot at him ... you could get 11 or 12 years in the Federal pen in the El Paso court system ...

Best of Luck!

San Antonio, TX

#5 Jan 12, 2009
Why the border patrol. World's most boring job!

United States

#7 Jan 13, 2009
Maybe, because Border Patrol makes double P.D. salary. LOL...

El Paso, TX

#8 Jan 13, 2009
USBP is supposed to be careful and methodical. Someone watches too much television if they think it's supposed to be like Miami Vice. Oh, great comments so far but please, he is a Federal LEO- please address him as Patrol Agent Green.

I am proud to have such a fine man serving to protect our borders. Really am.
ex el pasoan

Grand Prairie, TX

#9 Jan 13, 2009
definately not the first to leave a high paying for something more rewarding.
good for him.. hope el paso shows him some love.

Since: Dec 08

Irving, TX

#10 Jan 13, 2009
Ahem... Mr "PardonPlease" why don't you remember that those two officers broke about 10 laws, so mr green, if you shoot someone, do not make others mistakes, call in the shooting, tell your bosses that you had to shoot someone, and get the guy medical help once he's stopped. if those other dudes had done that and been civil they would be at work today.
Psyche Daddy

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Jan 13, 2009
I think working in any type of law enforcement would be self rewarding and very interesting. I think law enforcement officers feel that they are helping our country, communites and people. Very rewarding to get paid to help others. It's only the ones that abuse their power that gives law enforcement a bad name.
Ruben Rosales

Bellflower, CA

#12 Jan 13, 2009
Congratulations Mr. Green on achieving your dream as a border patrol agent. It is obvious Mr. Green that you did not grow up being abused slapped and kicked around by border patrol agents as some of us did during our childhood in El Paso. Thus in my case though I respect the law I never had great love for police and/or border patrol agents.
Kerrt Mejohn

United States

#13 Jan 13, 2009
Hopefully he'll do a good job. Maybe he won't be like the CROOKS and IDIOTS that the Border Patrol has been hiring of lately.

United States

#14 Jan 13, 2009
Very cool!
Freedom Fighter

Laredo, TX

#15 Jan 13, 2009
Why is there a border patrol checkpoint to LEAVE El Paso? As an American citizen, don't I have the right to travel within my own country without being harrassed by my government? What would happen if I exercise my rights and refuse to answer any of the questions from this internal checkpoint? What business is it anyway of these people to know where I'm going, and why? Our motto should be "Land of the Free...Some restrictions apply...Void where prohibited."

Irving, TX

#16 Jan 13, 2009
A very commanding presence at the border, anyone willing to give up the spotlight & paycheck that comes with it, in order to pursue a proffesion that utilizes his criminology studies, his patriotism and his belief he may make a difference, is a hero that no championship ring can define. Mr.Green leads by example not words, understanding the dangers in dealing with drugs/gangs is one thing, but actually doing something positive about it, is another.
Wonder if he can get some of his NFL buddies to join him? A whole line of defensive backs might be able to stop what even building a fence won't.
Dr Hook

El Paso, TX

#17 Jan 13, 2009
maybe we can get the Dallas Cowboys to work for the border patrol. MR Green, if you do shoot some one, make sure to leave the bullet casings on the ground and call 911.
San Elizario resident

United States

#18 Jan 13, 2009
Congratulations to Mr. Green for getting a job with the Border Patrol. I don’t think he deserves any special recognition for once being a foot ball star. I would hope that his superiors would evaluate him based on his present performance like everyone else and not his popularity as a former NFL player.

United States

#19 Jan 13, 2009
Patrol Agent Green, May God Bless you as you protect our borders. It is refreshing to see a pro athlete that is intelligent, has ambition to actually do something productive and honorable in life.

Mr. "Pardon Please", you are right on with your advice and that is so sad.

Mr. Spin 359, those men were doing their jobs and should have been commended for preventing more drugs from coming in to the U.S. not punished. Something is wrong when those that are protecting us are punished for preventing those who intend to harm us from doing so. You obviously are one of the masses that blindly follow and believe everything the government says to be true. These men were unjustly treated and convicted and deserve to be pardoned, restored to their jobs and compensated for what our government has put them through.
A Concerned Citizen

United States

#20 Jan 13, 2009
Hey Mr. Freedom Fighter, you're an idiot. Those checkpoints don't prevent US citizens from going anywhere they want, so long as they don't have aliens or drugs.
You want to know what would happen if you refuse to answer a few simple questions at a Border Patrol Checkpoint? Try it! I hope I'm there to witness it.

United States

#21 Jan 13, 2009
Dr Hook wrote:
maybe we can get the Dallas Cowboys to work for the border patrol. MR Green, if you do shoot some one, make sure to leave the bullet casings on the ground and call 911.

They can't hire the Cowboys, it's probably against their policy to hire known felons! Even Jerry Jones has an arrest record.

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